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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Benghazi, Accountability, And Why America Is On Its Last Legs

Here's the Nonsense:  Benghazi was a sad mistake, but if the State Department had the proper funding (and George W. Bush never was president) it never would have happened.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The Benghazi disaster is a perfect example of why our nation is failing.  These hearings were an opportunity to hold our officials accountable. This is the kind of thing that can stop the collapse of our nation.

The hearings on Benghazi, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the star witness, are nothing other than a joke. There was no attempt at finding the cause or holding anyone accountable on the part of the Democrats or most Republicans.  It was a show put on so they could say they had investigated, but in reality they only want to maintain their power.  All they did was try to blame others, in this case George W. Bush and a lack of funding seem to be the scapegoats of choice.

When Mrs. Clinton blew up in response to one question and said there was no point knowing why now she was wrong.  There certainly is a point. It's not just about making sure it doesn't happen again, it's about finding out who is responsible and holding them accountable.  But Hillary and Bill Clinton are the poster children for no accountability.  It hasn't been that long since the Clinton presidency and all the scandals that we should have forgotten them yet.

When she danced away from responsibility for information sent to her by saying that everything sent to the State Department is addressed to her and she couldn't possibly read over a million messages a year, she was wrong.  Of course she couldn't read that many messages, but part of leadership is having staff under you who know enough to sort the important things you need to see and handle the others.  If she thinks that security for our embassies in the middle east on the anniversary of 9/11 isn't important enough for her to see, then it's time to get a secretary of state who does understand it.  Because of the lack of concern we have dead Americans.  That is reason enough.

We wonder why there are no improvements in our government.  We wonder why nothing seems to change.  We wonder why, in the face of the absolute collapse of not just our economy, but our constitutional republic, nothing seems to change.  The reason is really quite simple.  It's because we've got people in leadership on BOTH sides of the aisle who are self-serving greedy fools with no real care or concern for our nation or the future of our children and no one is holding them accountable.  Benghazi is a perfect example.

Over and over again we see the lack of leadership qualifications in people in elected office.  The incompetence screams at us, but nothing is done to change things.  Oh sure, many of you reading this certainly voted for change, but it wasn't enough.  We didn't work hard enough for change.  We were too busy with our personal lives, our hobbies and leisure activities, everything but getting people involved to help implement change.  The result is that we have now lost our nation.  

No, I didn't say we are about to lose our nation, we've lost it.  Now the job we have is to try to get it back.  And that will be far more difficult than it ever would have been to save it.

A perfect example of the lack of leadership qualifications was shown today when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress about Benghazi.  This fiasco was nothing more than a dog and pony show to continue to keep control of our nation in the hands of the politicians and have no accountability for anyone on either side of the aisle.  Very little leadership was shown.  A whole lot of incompetence and actions to protect their positions of power was shown.  It's no wonder why our nation is failing.

In my last two books, No Tomorrows and Many Are Called But Few Can Manage, I talk about what qualifications are required for true leaders.  While No Tomorrows dealt with our government and this last election, Many Are Called But Few Can Manage was a business book discussing the required characteristics for business leaders.  Ironically, the requirements are very much the same.  And very, very few people in leadership positions meet those qualifications, especially in government.

If there is any hope for the future of our children and grandchildren, then it is up to us to lead the way in replacing those in leadership positions with those qualified to lead.

Senator Rand Paul, in addressing Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi disaster, said he would have fired her.  He noted the lack of leadership.  He said the right things.  He took a stand and was right.  He is showing the qualities we need in our leaders.  But Mrs. Clinton and most of the politicians present at the hearing did nothing other than protect their positions, the State Department, and their own interests.  In the end, they blamed the entire Benghazi tragedy on George W. Bush and a lack of funding.  And the Republicans, for the most part, allowed that to go down as the reason for the tragedy.

America is in trouble.  America needs your help.  America cannot withstand many more attacks on the foundational structure of our constitutional republic and still have a chance to survive.